Can my outdoor minisplit unit benefit from a solar cover in harsh NY winters?
I am brainstorming a greenhouse type cover over my outdoor unit to keep it warmer in the winter to maximize its ability to heat. There are clear corrugated roof tiles at my local home store I am thinking of fashioning into a roof over the unit outside, facing South with possible partial sides. I am aware it needs air flow. My hope is to keep the outdoor unit warmer to avoid it getting too bogged down in the cold. It is a Fujitsu 15RSL3H made for extreme cold. The inside unit is placed centrally in my 2000sqft home, open floor plan with pretty good insulation, always improving it in different ways. The outdoor unit is south-facing 18″ from foundation on a base about 1′ off the ground, in an area pretty protected from winter winds. I would like to design a roof over it to keep the snow off and maximize its ability to heat my home in the winter. Do you have suggestions for building a cover that can improve its winter capabilities?
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